The Best New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Families

by SPARK


Year after year, we reflect on our accomplishments and set goals for the New Year to come. Shedding a few pounds, exercising more, indulging in less sugar, and saving money are typical New Year’s resolutions people make. By participating in New Year’s resolutions with your friends or family, you can stay accountable and actually see the resolutions come to fruition.

Another benefit to including your whole family in on making New Year’s resolutions is that you can teach your children a valuable lesson about self-discipline and goal setting.  Here are some ways you and family can participate in making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions that promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Plant a Garden Together

Placing an emphasis on healthy eating and engaging in an active lifestyle is necessary to achieve optimal health. This New Year, take your nutritional goals a step further and plant a garden together. This activity can involve the whole family and can be customized to fit your homes. Whether you have a large backyard for raised beds or a patio for planters, together you and your family can focus on your health by learning about seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Not only are you teaching your children about sustainability and an educating them about agriculture, but also as you are able to watch your garden grow and produce. You can then use those ingredients and cook together. There is no better way to stay fit and healthy than growing and consuming your own produce throughout the year.

Embrace Independence

As parents it is instinct to fight the battles for our children. We want nothing else but to protect them from all evil. This year, unless it is a dangerous situation, try to step back and allow your children to fend for themselves.

Fostering independence boosts self-esteem and builds confidence. Even though you may have your own way of doing something, allow your children to do it their way and recognize their accomplishments. This will benefit the family in two ways: it will free up some of the stress and pressure placed on the parents and it will teach your children how to be self-sufficient.

Plan a Family Night

Once a week — and it doesn’t have to be on the same day each week — designate a time when the whole family gets together for “family time”. This could be a dinner at home all sitting around the dinner table (with devices turned off), a quick getaway to for a hike, a movie marathon of all your childhood favorites, or board-game night. With busy schedules, a small tradition such as this will bring your family together to spend quality time digressing, sharing and making memories.

Learn a New Hobby or Sport

Staying active is one important element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One way to keep your family physically healthy is to participate in a group activity. By learning a new hobby or partaking in a group sport, you will teach your children the importance of fitness, and in the process you can keep each other accountable. There are so many great lessons to be learned from participating in sporting activities such as sportsmanship, team building, and boosting confidence, self-esteem and determination.

One great idea is to form a family softball team. You can make this activity extra fun by creating a quirky team name, designing personalized team shirts and participating in some good old competitive fun. Better yet, get your family friends involved, that way you can play against each other.

Create “Me Time”

For every individual in your family it is important to set aside some time each day that is uninterrupted and designated for that individual. This should be time not necessarily spent together, but time for every member of your family to focus on themselves. Whether they partake in journaling or listening to their favorite music without any disruptions, other members of the family should respect their space and leave the individual alone to take care of his or her needs.

This concept is not only important for the parents, who are constantly focused on their children’s needs, but this is also a great opportunity for the children to become comfortable in their own skin. By exploring new hobbies, reflecting on their accomplishments, or simply engaging in fun or creative activities, by setting aside some personal time each week your children will learn the importance in taking care of themselves.


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